The victim of an attack last week by a man described as a lunatic, is making a slow but painful recovery.
Benignus Henry was recently released from hospital.
Eyewitnesses reported that a lunatic who often dresses in female clothing hit Henry behind the head with a stone.
The victim recalled that on Wednesday of last week he was heading to Castries to do his work as a Justice of the Peace.
Henry said that according to his usual routine, he stopped at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception to offer prayers.
He told St Lucia Times that after church, he saw a man standing between two cars.
“Of course, I am going about my business – I am not interested in the guy,” Henry stated.
The former Post Master General said he saw a “blinding flash” and found himself on the ground with blood pouring from his nose.
“I hit my head. My glasses, my hearing aid, everything just flew off and there I was speaking – nothing is coming out. I am trying to get help but I cannot get up because nothing was working,” Henry explained.
He told St Lucia Times that some of his clients who were around decided to assist him.
“They started gesticulating and pointing so I think the guy realised that he might be looking for more trouble than be bargained for, so he took off,” Henry disclosed.
He said as some were about to offer him assistance, others cautioned them that although well-intentioned, they were not trained to render first aid and should allow those who were qualified to do so.
Henry explained that the police were summoned and he was conveyed to hospital via ambulance.
He said various medical tests were carried out.
“They seemed to think that I was fortunate because nothing was permanently damaged and I can be built back up,” the victim related.
He said therapy was recommended.
Henry, who was wearing a neck brace at the time of the interview, praised his son and daughter, asserting that with their assistance he is coping.
“I can eat but they have to literally hold me, put the food in my mouth drop by drop – teaspoonful of tea. That’s how I have been for the last few days because I myself cannot even hold a pen in my hand, because nothing works for me now,” Henry lamented.
He explained that if he gets up he may be able to shift his leg which quickly weakens and he collapses.
“Most of the times they have to be catching me otherwise right back down I am going again,” he told St Lucia Times.
Henry said he understands that the attacker has been arrested by the police.